Work is nearing completion on the expansion of the 11-story Tiffany & Co. flagship store at 727 Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by OMA partners Shohei Shigematsu and Jake Forster with interiors by Peter Marino Architects, the project involves the construction of a glass-clad three-story addition above the parapet of the 72-year-old commercial building and the renovation of its interiors and Art Moderne façade. CallisonRTKL is the architect of record, WSP is the structural and MEP engineer for the project, Mace is the owners rep, and Structure Tone is the general contractor for the project, which is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.
Since our last update in early January, the construction elevator has been removed from the northern side of the property, leaving a strip to be filled in with the glass façade. This new exterior section is composed of 49 glass panes with aluminum profiles, three sliding doors, two single-leaf glass floors on the eighth floor, and 69 slumped-glass panels with post-transom elements and aluminum profiles on the tenth and 11th floors. A wraparound terrace will sit below the addition and serve as an exhibition, event, and clientele space surrounded by a perimeter of shrubbery.
New windows have been installed between the cleaned stone.
Metal scaffolding covering floors two through eight was also removed and replaced with two flat banners hanging up against the grid of windows.
A clock on the western elevation can now be spotted.
Below are two renderings showing various angles of the building and its vertical transition from the heavy stone envelope to the much lighter glass box.
727 Fifth Avenue’s construction could likely finish by the end of the year.